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REMEMBER WHEN: A look back at English poet, who wrote his most famous work in Chalfont St Giles 

 Published on: 22nd January 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Famous 17th-century poet, historian and writer John Milton is best known for writing Paradise Lost, widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English.

Fleeing the outbreak of the Bubonic plague in London, John Milton came to Chalfont St Giles with his wife and daughters in 1665. It was here, in his cottage that he penned his renowned poem, Paradise Lost and was inspired to write its sequel Paradise Regained.

Milton’s cottage is the only surviving home of the poet, open today as a museum to the public, containing rare books, paintings and prints that give a unique insight into Milton’s life, work and influence.

As well as early editions of his best-known poetic works, visitors can find a treasure-trove of his iconic prose writings, many of which focus on freedoms in government, religion, speech and the press.

The garden at Milton’s Cottage has been planted with species of flowers and plants that are referenced in the poet’s work.

The museum is currently closed for winter and will reopen on April 1, 2022.

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